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Ebisu Shrine, New Year's Day 9

Posted by
Daryl Johnson (Worcester Park, United Kingdom) on 12 March 2009 in Lifestyle & Culture.

Touching a statue of the god Ebisu, to bring luck.

I apologise in advance if I'm tardy with commenting on your blogs or returning comments during the week... I will get to you though!

Richard_Irwin from Belper, United Kingdom

An interesting shot, I'm intrigued by the masks the two women are wearing.

12 Mar 2009 10:43am

@Richard_Irwin: Thanks Richard. Everyone wears masks in Japan to keep safe from or to stop spreading colds / flu / viruses. Also popular for hay fever these days.

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

Interesting image. Are they wearing the masks because of concerns over getting SARS? I haven't heard much about SARS in recent years. I also thought that was more of an issue in China.

12 Mar 2009 11:42am

@Laurie: Thanks Laurie, No, not SARS, wearing masks like this is very common here - see my response to Richard above. It's funny, a lot of people here think everyone in the world wears masks; I'd forgotten how strange they can appear!

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

What a story, why is she wearing a mask, it is that human breath is to foul to breathe on Ebisu? fascinating photo ;)

12 Mar 2009 12:43pm

@Lorraine: Ha ha! See my responses to Richard and Laurie above Lorraine - I didn't even think the lady wearing a mask would be worthy of comment, I'm so used to seeing them (don't use them myself though...)! Thanks for the comment.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

We can see his face today. Cool shot. I think a lot more Japanese go to work or school sick than here due to their strong work ethic. Hence, the masks are fairly practical.

12 Mar 2009 11:00pm

@Steve Rice: I agree Steve. Cheers!

Ronnie 2¢ from London, United Kingdom

As Richard, I am always puzzled by that national habit of the masks. But, if we could just see what is in the air we breathe, we'd all wear one !

13 Mar 2009 2:48pm

@Ronnie 2¢: Don't think about it Ronnie...!

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

I think this aspect of the culture in Japan will make my son very comfortable.

17 Mar 2009 11:18pm

@Twelvebit: I hope so Twelvebit - any progress on his coming over...?